Many of us are now using smart phones, downloading apps for our favourite hobbies and interests. Did you know there are several sewing, quilting and craft apps available? They allow you to find local classes, clubs and exhibitions, track your stash and projects, learn through your phone and much more. Find the details below and click the links to download or find out more.
Fabric and Notions Organisation
Stash Star Fabric
Stash Star Fabric helps you organise and track your collection of fabric. When you’re shopping, know which fabrics you already own and how much. Don’t pull out your heavy boxes of fabric when you start your next project—let Stash Star Fabric help you plan. This is available for Apple products as a app here.
Cora – Sew Your Fabric Stash
Cora is an iPhone, iPad, and iPod app that helps you sew your fabric stash. With Cora, whether you’re out and about shopping for patterns or planning a project in bed, your fabric stash is always with you! Sort and search to sew up treasures you already have. The link is here.
This app allows you to store details, images, notes about your sewing stuff including fabrics, sewing tools and sewing terminology and track all your sewing projects. It’s available for Android devices here.
An app recently released for both iOS and Android devices, the app helps you to keep track of all of your projects. Keep track of everything from fabric care instructions to your cost for a particular sewing project on this easy to use sewing phone app. Get the Android version here and the iOS version here.
Quilting Tutorials from Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Free quilting tutorial videos from Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company! They have hundreds of quilt patterns to choose from for beginners and experts alike. You’ll love learning to sew with them! New tutorials are added all the time! Download the app for free here.
A new web app to allow you to try out fabrics and colours on a quilt pattern before you cut! At present there is only one design that you can download to buy but keep an eye on this new idea – see it here.
Gain confidence in your quilt fabrics shopping with Quilt Wizard! Take pictures of fabrics right on the spot, and immediately try them in your quilt project on screen. No need to carry snippets of fabrics with you when shopping, you can see straight away on your device how your choice of fabrics will perform on your quilt. Get this app from iTunes here.
QuiltSandwich : Quilt Fabric Calculator
Put away yardage and formula charts and just create. QuiltSandwich figures the amount of fabric needed for all the layers of a quilt sandwich. It creates cutting diagrams for each piece, making it easy to get the most out of your fabric — yardage and Fat Quarters. Available here for iOS devices.
Quiltography – Quilt Design Made Simple
You can scan your fabric, design quilt blocks or pick from traditional 180 quilt blocks to design your own quilts in this app which is available in the iTunes store. It also includes a yardage calculator so you know how much fabric to buy for your quilt.
Robert Kaufman quilting calculator
If quilting is your thing why not download the free quilting calculator from Robert Kaufman? It is available from the iTunes store and the Google Play store for those on Android. It helps you to determine how much fabric you need, how much backing and batting, binding and border measurements. Calculations are available in both yardage and metric.
Would you like to sketch your own patterns but find that existing body templates don’t fit you? The MyBodyModel web app makes fashion sketch templates (also called “croquis”) to your body measurements. So you can plan your makes on a croquis that looks like you! You can try unlimited free previews and download your body model in PDF and JPEG file formats. Get started here.
A new app for Apple products that lets you design your own charts for cross stitch, beading and other charted techniques. Contains the colour palettes for DMC threads too. Purchase the app here.
Are you one of those cross stitchers who can never keep track of all your threads? This app allows you to keep track of which DMC colours you own. All the DMC colours (including the 27 new ones added in 2002) are shown in easy to access lists, with a colour image as well as a brief description. Available for Apple products here.
Cross Stitch Guild
The Cross Stitch Guild have their own app which combines several apps in one including:
– A Madeira, DMC and Anchor colour shade app.
– A colour convertor app for when you are buying from different brands.
– A stitch count calculator that allows you to calculate the fabric size you need.
– Plus apps which allow you to track your stash make supplies lists and track UFOs (UnFinished Objects not the extraterrestrial kind!).
This app is available from both the Google Play store and iTunes store and you can find out more about it here: http://www.thecrossstitchguild.com/Mobile_App.aspx
This app provides a comprehensive reference to SCHMETZ needles for household sewing machines. Includes updated colour code information. This app will help you choose the right needle for your sewing application. Increase your sewing skill by learning about the various types of needles available. Get it here for Apple and Android.
Catering for quite a niche market FootBook is a guide to 90 different sewing machine feet for top loading Janome machines. You get photos and text describing what each foot is and how to use it, plus videos demonstrating the foot in use.
Download the app here.
Apps for Purchasing Supplies
A couple of apps that may come in useful when either buying sewing supplies, or ordering handmade craft products are the Etsy App and the Not On The High Street App. They could both allow you to do your Christmas shopping on the go.
The Etsy app allows you to shop from anywhere, and if you have an Etsy shop you can update it on the go too. You can also use it to connect with members of the Etsy community. It is available to download for free from both the Google Play store and iTunes. Find out more on the Etsy site here.